From the 2007 News Archive
Third-Year Student Dorcas Gilmore Awarded Prestigious Skadden Fellowship
Third–year University of Maryland School of Law student Dorcas Gilmore has been selected by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation
as a 2007 Skadden Fellow. She joins a distinguished class of 29 other fellows, representing law schools such as Harvard Law School, Georgetown, NYU, and Stanford.
Ms. Gilmore will work with the Community Law Center in Baltimore to develop neighborhood initiatives to identify aspiring youth entrepreneurs and established entrepreneurs for a youth-adult mentorship program, and to provide targeted legal education on choice of entity, tax issues, and business regulations related to starting a small business in Maryland. Concentrating in the city neighborhoods of Greenmount and Southwest Baltimore, her project will aim to expand the number of opportunities for youth and adult entrepreneurs by strengthening established neighborhood businesses, and will engage youth in productive employment that will incorporate them into the economic and social fabric of their communities.
The Skadden Fellowship Foundation, described as "a legal Peace Corps" by The Los Angeles Times, was established in 1988 to commemorate the firm’s 40th anniversary, in recognition of the dire need for greater funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the unrepresented and underrepresented. The Foundation gives Fellows the freedom to pursue public interest work, providing each Fellow with a salary and benefits to which an employee of the sponsoring organization would be entitled. Fellowships are awarded for one year, with the expectation of renewal for a second year, and are based upon each applicant’s academic performance, demonstrated commitment to the public interest, and the quality of his or her project.
A native of Florida with an undergraduate degree in psychology from Rollins College, Ms. Gilmore is a Leadership Scholar at the School of Law, holding the Gilbert and Jaylee Mead Public Interest Scholarship. Through a gift by Gilbert Mead ’91 and his wife, Jaylee, the scholarship includes tuition assistance and a stipend that enables its recipient to pursue public interest work during the summer. Last summer, Ms. Gilmore worked at CASA de Maryland, a community organization working with predominantly Latino immigrants on issues of work, tenants’ rights, and social services. During the summer of 2005, she interned in the Washington office of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, researching potential Supreme Court nominees and assisting in voting rights legislation.
"It is absolutely fitting that Dorcas Gilmore receive this fellowship award," said Brenda Bratton Blom, JD, PhD, Director of the School of Law’s Clinical Law Program, and Ms. Gilmore’s professor in the 2005-2006 Community Justice Clinic. "She came to law school committed to public interest. She will leave law school with that commitment strengthened and a new set of skills added to her toolkit. We are all very proud of her, and look forward to continuing to work together as colleagues to solve problems in Baltimore's most under-resourced communities."
Since its inception in 1988, only two other School of Law students have been selected as Fellows. Susan Waysdorf ’91 was selected in 1991 for her project with the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, D.C. that provided basic legal services to HIV-infected poor persons. Lucienne Parsley ’02 earned a 2002 Fellowship with her project created with the assistance of the Maryland Disability Law Center. It provides representation to low-income persons with disabilities, ensuring they are afforded equal rights and opportunities in public and subsidized programs.